Live Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter and the Robert Glasper Experiment at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman There was a strikingly diversified array of jazz at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night – a program signifying the L.A. Phil’s desire to present America’s improvisational music in its many varied manifestations, all of them intriguing in one way or another. Appropriately the headline act was veteran pianist/composer Herbie Hancock, who has… Read More Live Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter and the Robert Glasper Experiment at the Hollywood Bowl

Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa

By Fernando Gonzalez Vince Mendoza Nights of Earth (Horizontal) Set to a generous, wide-angled perspective, and paced by smart, observant details, Nights on Earth plays like The World According to Vince. In some ways, it suggests a personal summation of his career thus far: a deep knowledge of American music vernacular and European classical music,… Read More Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa

Live Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl: Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead

By Don Heckman Call it a mixed blessing. The thought kept flickering through my mind Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl during a program titled, promisingly, “Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead.” There was no faulting the premise: selections from Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain and Miles Ahead, the classic Davis/Evans musical partnerships of the… Read More Live Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl: Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead